There are many things which can be done to alleviate the pain and discomfort of bunions, including using bunion pads, avoiding shoes with a pointed toe, wearing wide shoes with low heels, losing weight and taking ibuprofen or paracetamol.
You should see your GP if:
- You have gone several weeks using home care techniques and the pain has not improved
- You cannot go about your normal activities
- Your bunions are getting worse
- You have diabetes
Your GP may refer you for surgery if they think your bunions are having an adverse effect on your life – they will not refer you for NHS treatment for cosmetic reasons.